God Answers Prayer

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“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:4-7

"Do you believe God really answers prayer?” I mean really and truly . . . that God hears your personal prayers, and then responds? God hears what we ask for, and then if it is within His perfect plan, God answers “Yes”. And, if it isn’t within his perfect plan, He says “No” or “not as requested” or “not yet.”

Prayer can serve many purposes, but generally speaking, it's an intimate conversation with God. Prayer involves God stirring our hearts; us communicating with Him; and then listening for how God may respond to us.

Oswald Chambers (20th C. teacher and preacher) says this about prayer, “We look upon prayer simply as a means of getting things for ourselves, but the biblical purpose of prayer is that we may truly get to know God.”

There are many places in the Bible where we are taught about prayer: One of the people who literally put God "on trial" was a man from the Old Testament named Habakkuk. Habakkuk was a prophet in Judah, and he felt the full weight of the problems, pressures, sins, and difficulties of his family and of his nation.

And although Habakkuk lived a long time ago, his story is extremely relevant to today . . . especially when you look at modern history and all that we're dealing with in America and around the world.

In Habakkuk 1:2, Habbakuk asked the following of the Lord: "How long, O LORD, will I call for help, and You will not hear?"

This was one of those big, tough "life" questions, Habakkuk was asking God. In the midst of all the chaos surrounding his life, he was basically asking, "God, where were you when I needed you the most?"

Habakkuk was grappling with something each of us deals with as believers: “unanswered prayer.” He was complaining about the silence of God… and in his heart he desperately wanted to know why God wasn't answering his prayers.

I'm sure you've probably felt this way before. Anyone who's been walking with the Lord for any amount of time, has! We want answers when we pray! And it's frustrating when it seems like God is silent.

If you've ever felt this way, or maybe you feel this way today -- I have a word of encouragement for you. God does answer prayer!

Prayer: 
Our Father, who art in heaven, Hallowed be Thy Name. Thy Kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
Date: 
Nov 12 2017